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Yale Choral Artists and New Haven Symphony Orchestra perform Pärt and Britten Oct. 24

Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt

The Yale School of Music presents a concert by the Yale Choral Artists and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

The concert brings together music of Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) and Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). Jeffrey Douma, the director of the Yale Choral Artists, will conduct. The musicians also include organist Thomas Murray.

The program features Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe and Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, together with Britten’s Missa Brevis and other beloved choral works by the two composers.  MORE

Published October 17, 2014
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YSM musicians perform “Strictly Britten” April 9 at Yale Center for British Art

Benjamin Britten

Musicians from the Yale School of Music will perform “Strictly Britten” on Wednesday, April 9 at the Yale Center for British Art. Pianist Wei-Yi Yang and violist Ettore Causa, both members of the School of Music faculty, will perform with oboist Andrew Parker ’10 MM.

The concert features solo and duo works written by British composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) between 1936 and 1963. MORE

Published March 23, 2014
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Symposium with conductor James Conlon Oct. 16

james_conlon,_credit_dan_steinberg_for_la_opera_4The Yale School of Music presents a symposium on “Reading and Hearing Classical Music: A Conductor’s View” with renowned conductor James Conlon on Wednesday, October 16.

The event opens with a talk by Conlon, which is followed by an open conversation between Conlon and Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. Parts of his talk will focus on music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the centennial of Britten’s birth this year. Conlon will also take questions from the audience.

The event takes place from 4:00–5:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

The symposium will also stream live on the School of Music’s website. LIVE STREAM MORE

Published October 3, 2013
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Yale Opera presents a new production of Benjamin Britten’s 
The Rape of Lucretia April 27 & 28

A scene from Yale Opera's 2011 spring production.

The Yale School of Music and Yale Opera present an all-new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 8 pm. The performances, which feature the singers of the prestigious Yale Opera program, take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The creative team features stage director Vera Calabria, who has directed numerous productions for Yale Opera and worldwide, and Douglas Dickson, who will provide musical direction and accompaniment.

William Warfel provides original lighting design, and Paul Lieber is creating the evocative projections. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera.

Benjamin Britten, one of the foremost English composers of the twentieth century, composed Lucretia a year after  his first big operatic success, Peter Grimes. Soon after, Britten wrote: “The time has come when England, which has never had a tradition of native opera, but has always depended on a repertory of foreign works, can create its own operas…” Over the course of his career, he went on to write a total of sixteen operas.

Britten was a pacifist, and in The Rape of Lucretia (1946, with a libretto by Ronald Duncan) he explores the consequences of violence. Though Lucretia is a chamber opera, with a cast of just eight singers, one commenter has written that “the pared-down textures produced an intensification of Britten’s operatic vision.”

Tickets to Yale Opera’s production are $10–$15, $5 for students. Click HERE to purchase tickets, or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 10, 2012
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